Wednesday, 9 November 2016

GARFIELD INSPIRED SLING BAG

crochet sling bag

crochet sling bag

GARFIELD INSPIRED SLING BAG


After quite a long break, I’ve made a sling bag.. and I was thrilled that I decided to make our famous orange Cat..  Garfield is .. He is.. ah.. he’s the cutest!
I have made an Owl Sling bag and thought of Garfield… and Angry bird and all those other characters that make kids smile.. So guess this sling bag “line” is gonna be a bit long J

So for this bag, I thought we’d do a 3D version – well, that just means that we’re going to make the elements of this bag separately and then attach them all on… so we make the base of the bag (face) and then attach on the eyes, ears and mustache.. Sound fun?  Come on then, let’s get to it.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook ; a small amount of poly fill stuffing (for nose, optional) ; embroidery needle

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced
While the stitches used are easy enough, this is a bit of a long(ish) project and needs patience.  One will also need sewing skills to attach all the pieces

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                        sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet

                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

crochet sling bag


Part 1 : Garfield’s face : Make two using orange



There are several parts to this bag, as we’re making it 3D.  I have indicated which colours to use, but go ahead and use whichever colour you wish – in case you’re not interested in making this famous cat, and just going to make a bag.

Start (using orange) with a magic circle and 7 sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
*dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6  : Rep Round 4

Round 7: Rep Round 5
(Circle measures 5.5”)

We will now shape our Garfield face.

Round 7 : sc in the 1st 14 sts ; (sc , hdc in the next st) ;
[hdc in the next 3 sts ; dc in the next 6 sts ; trc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next 2 sts ; hdc in the next 2 sts] ;
{hdc , sc in the next st} ;
sc in the next st ; rep (to) once ; dc in the next 4 sts ; 
rep {to} once ; sc in the next st ;
rep (to) once ;
< hdc in the next 2 sts ;  dc in the next 2 sts ; trc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next 6 sts ; hdc in the next 3 sts > ;
rep {to} once. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

And we’re done with one side of our Garfield bag face.  Go ahead and repeat all of this for the back too.

We will make two sets of faces, but only one of ears, eyes and moustache (well, I’m only making one set that will be the front).


Part 2 : Garfield ears : Make two using orange


Start with a magic circle and 10 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st 2 sc ; 
(2 trc in the next sc ; 3 trc in the next sc ; 2 trc in the next sc) ; 
2 dc in each of the next 2 sc ; rep (to) once.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 2 : hdc in the 1st 2 dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
(trc in the next 2 trc ; 2 trc in each of the next 3 trc ; trc in the next 2 trc) ; 
dc in each of the next 2 dc ; hdc in the next 2 dc ; rep (to) once. 
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attaching ears to top of face.
Let’s see which sts we’re going to use for attachment.
We will skip the last 2 trc we’ve just made and use the next 7 trc. 


Part 3 : Garfield eye lids : Make two using orange



Start with 8 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 - 4 : Rep Rows 1 and 3

Row 5 : dc 2-tog in the 1st 2 dc ; dc till end.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; dc till last 2 dc ; dc 2-tog in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc 2-tog in the 1st 2 dc ; dc till end.  Turn.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew in. 


Part 4 : Garfield eyes  : Make two using white



Start with 8 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st dc ; hdc in the next dc ; dc in the next 4 dc ; hdc in the next dc and sc in the last dc.  Turn.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew in. 


Part 5 : Garfield eyes pupil : Make two using black
This is that little black semicircle inside the whites of the eye.  So you can embroider this in as well, but just thought we’d do it a *simpler* way (I hope)

Start with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle.  Do not pull it into a circle, but leave it like a semicircle.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew in. 


Part 6 : Garfield moustache  : Make one using yellow



Start with 40 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc 5-tog over the 1st 5 fsc ; sc in the next 2 fsc ; hdc in the next 2 fsc ; dc in the next 2 fsc ; 2 trc in each of the next 2 fsc ; dc in the next 2 fsc ; hdc in the next 2 fsc ;  sc in the next 4 fsc ;  hdc in the next 2 fsc ;  dc in the next 2 fsc ; 2 trc in each of the next 2 fsc ; dc in the next 2 fsc ; hdc in the next 2 fsc ; sc in the next 2 fsc ; dc 5-tog over the last 5 fsc.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew in. 


Part 7 : Garfield nose : Make one using pink

Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in the circle.  Join with a sl-st and lightly pull circle closed.

Round 1 : 3 hdc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ; 3 hdc in the next sc ; sc in the last 2 sc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st st and each st all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in.


Part 8 : Bag strap :
I made a long fsc chain for my bag strap – nice thin and pretty durable. 
If you want it a little thicker, then work an sc (or hdc) in each fsc of this chain till you reach the start.
Join to the two sides of your Garfield bag.

There are also two links given at the top of this pattern sheet on how to make an I-cord as well as a Rounded cord.


Part 9 : Finishing :


Now here’s where it gets a little bit tricky.  We have several components made, and we are going to build it up in a 3D mode.  
So to make this easy, let’s visualise this first.  The ears are right on the top of the head, just off centre.. simple enough.

The eyes are the ones that are tricky – so there are three parts to the eye : The orange eye lid (Eyes 1) ; the whites of the eyes (Eyes 2) and the black centres of the eyes (Eyes 3). So we will start off with the top of the orange eyelids and start stitching that down, then work on the whites of the eyes, and then the black of the eyes. Once the whites and blacks are stitched down, you will return to complete the orange eyelids.
The mustache will come on next and you will need to curl in the edges for that cute Garfield look ;
Finally we’ll put the pert pink nose on.  Ok.. so point by point, please follow on below.







1.       Ears : The point that you’ve ended at for the face pieces is the top right hand corner of your Garfield face.  So one ear will be fitted from this stitch.  Now we have 14 sc along this top and we will fit in both the ears here.


2.     Fold ear lengthwise and mark the centre bottom stitch.  We will use a total of 7 sts to attach the ear, so 3 sts on either side of this centre marked st.
3.     Eyes 1 : We will attach the eyes in two parts.  The orange eyelids are the top part of the eye and the little white bits will be attached underneath.  Now our eyes have one straight edge and one curved one – so the straight edge goes along the centre of the face and the curved one will be along the sides of the face.  Place the eyes so that the top of the eye (curve) is just along and slightly over the top edge of the face.  For a 3D effect, use some polyfill to get the eye-lids to pop out.  Now just before you reach the bottom (i.e side closer to the chin, just above moustache), work on the white and black of the eye first and then return to this part
4.     Eyes 2 : We will attach the whites of our eyes just under the orange eye lid, such that the orange eye lid will go over the white part of the eye. Before you head back to Instructions of Eyes 1, please do Eyes 3.
5.     Eyes 3 : We will now attach the semicircular black part of the eye over the whites of the eyes, such that the top of this black eye fit just under the orange eyelids (See pic)
6.     Moustache : The moustache is a little tricky.  So first find the centre for the moustache and align it with the centre of the face, just under eyes.  Pin the moustache under eyes and take the sides up along the sides of the face.  Now that last dc 5-tog we’ve made, you have to roll that down towards the chin of your Garfield face and then pin it down. Do this both sides – pin it all down before sewing it in.  Photos attached
7.     Nose : Finally you attach on the nose exactly between the eyes and on top of the centre of the moustache
8.     Embroidery : Now for a little bit of embroidery in black to bring out the eyelids 
9.     Once you’ve attached all parts, you can now attach the back of your bag on.
10.  You can then attach on your bag strap.
11.     Finally line your bag and add the zipper (Instructions for a “how-to” given at the top of the blog).  Ensure that you line the back of the large ears as well, not only for neatness and good finish but also to ensure that it doesn’t curl / flop down on itself.

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased

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